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Introduction

Culture and politics

  1. Introduction to culture and politics
  2. One dance or many: the styles of tango
  3. Culture and learning: acculturation vs. enculturation
  4. Tango as culture: anthropology vs. criticism
  5. Beauty or kitsch: making aesthetic judgements about tango dancing
  6. Sex roles: is tango compatible with egalitarianism
  7. Connection
  8. Conservatism
  9. Courtesy
  10. Desecration
  11. Evolution
  12. Postmodernism

Music and criticism

  1. Tango in historical context
  2. Authenticity in music
  3. Musicality and the historical origins of tango rhythm
  4. Feeling: understanding music as movement and expression

Technique

Introduction: technique and culture

Fundamentals

  1. Basic controls
  2. Efficiency of movement
  3. Naturalness in dancing
  4. Slow focused practice
  5. Alignment practice
  6. Posture and the head-neck relation
  7. Floating elbows
  8. Embrace: the essence of tango
  9. Walking: the basic movement
  10. The principle of reversibility
  11. Feet are over-emphasised
  12. Direction: the clock
  13. Turning without swiveling

Improvisation

  1. Walking and the principle of reversibility
  2. Choreography vs. emergent movement
  3. Don’t do adornments and women’s technique
  4. Imagery
  5. Interpretation
  6. Setup

Learning & Teaching Strategies

  1. Training vs. demonstration of skill
  2. Microskill stack
  3. Base
  4. Conversation
  5. Errors
  6. Motivation
  7. Reading
  8. Slow Focused Practice
  9. Teaching
  10. Videos

Method

  1. Focused connected tango movement
  2. Improvisation
  3. Method
  4. Needs
  5. Rationale
  6. Systems

 

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